Ok Micro.......let me try this one more time.
(I wrote this already once and found that it had "double posted"....went to erase one and it ended up erasing both....)
The Knights Templar connection I was indicating is eluded to by the 'greek cross' symbol on the Bet Giorgis (Church of St. George) and a few other
indications but mainly the 'greek cross'. The 'greek cross' bears great resemblance to the Knights Templar 'cross' symbol. The connection is
When Prince Lalibela was exiled by his brother, King Harbay, Lalibela fled to Jerusalem. Its during his time spent in Jerusalem that some researchers
have concluded or hinted to that Prince Lalibela came into affiliation with the Knights Templar's. Upon the Prince's return to Ethiopia to retake
his throne from his brother, that the Prince was also accompanied by a contingent of Knights Templar's. Prince Lalibela regained his throne, for
which a legend states that both were visited by angels, and now King Lalibela "re-payed" the Knights Templar's back by making a symbolic gesture of
their help and influence......in the form of the above mentioned symbol(s).
Graham Hancock also eluded to this in his book "The Sign and the Seal"....his quest for locating the Ark of the Covenent.
Here is a link: (scroll down to the section entitled: "The Hidden Legacy of Templars"
There are also numerous legends, myths, stories related to the construction of the 11 temple complex's in Lalibela, including the Bet Giorgis (Church
of St. George):
1) they were built by St. George with the help of angels.
2) St. Geroge "appeared" to King Lalibela and asked the king to provide him a "perfect" home.
3) King Lalbela was instructed by God to build churches for which the world had never seen. God instructed Lalibela where to build them. The King
was said to have carved out one meter a day, during the day, and angels, along with St. Gabriel, carved out three meters at night.
4) a dcoument found to be written by King Lalibela states that "white men" built the churches under his guidance, directed by God.
What they all have in common, is that they were all built within a 23-24 year span of time.
Lalibela, according to legend, upon his birth, was surrounded by a dense cloud of bees. Hence his name: "the bees recognize his sovereignty."
[Edited on 28-7-2003 by Seekerof]